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Analysis: Common construction arguments don’t wash, on either side

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have scrapped Indiana’s common construction wage, an 80-year-old system that set floors for workers’ pay on local projects that are funded with taxpayer money. It was a controversial debate and the economics are tricky – but the discussion became more convoluted than it needed to be in part […]

Analysis: Revenue news will determine final budget numbers

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Analysis: Revenue news will determine final budget numbers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate has released a two-year, $31.5 billion budget that increases money for education, highways and community-based corrections programs. It boosts university funding by more than either the House or governor’s plans, a move Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley says should prevent colleges from raising tuition. But that budget […]

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Analysis: Postponing anti-discrimination debate is risky

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The relief seemed almost palpable Thursday as the attacks on Indiana eased – but the break may be only temporary. Republicans and some business leaders had struck a deal on a so-called fix for the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The goal was simple: Stop the bleeding. And maybe […]

Commentary: Travel and some rules for the road

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Commentary: Travel and some rules for the road

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Want to escape the politics of Indiana? Here are basic rules. First, decide whether you are a tourist or a traveler. Considered simplistically, tourists see sites, travelers meet people. Next, plan according to this formula. For a trip of one week or less, double the time. One week or more, half […]

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Video: State launches campaign to protect highway workers

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Analysis: Questions about corrections funding will persist to session’s end

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Analysis: Questions about corrections funding will persist to session’s end

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When lawmakers began talking several years ago about an overhaul of the state’s sentencing laws, the goal was to serve more low-level felons in community-based programs. The problem – just about everyone acknowledged at the time – is that those community programs are not set up to suddenly serve […]

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Analysis: Students need more info about the debt they’re piling up

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, as she was starting her law career, my best friend told me that she wished she’d understood just what it would mean to her future to be borrowing her way through school. By graduation, my friend had amassed more than $75,000 in debt, not including the interest […]

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Analysis: A decade is enough uncertainty for fenced hunting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a fight that has gone on too long. And it’s time for the General Assembly to end it. The state and the operators of fenced deer hunting preserves have been at odds for a decade over whether the operations are legal and can be regulated. During that time, […]

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Commentary: ‘We can’t arrest our way out of this’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Troy Riggs has a problem and a plan. The problem, the Indianapolis public safety director explains as we talk on the air, is one that’s been in the news. Last year, 135 people were murdered in Indianapolis. That was the highest total in eight years. That is bad, but […]

Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

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Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence has some strong feelings about gambling legislation that’s been passed by the House and is now headed to the Senate. I mean, I think he does. He’s not actually willing to tell me. Or you. Or apparently anyone who’s not a legislator. We’ll find out, […]

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